JUSTIN NOZUKA, High Tide (EP)
It’s so hard to believe that Justin Nozuka’s first album Holly was released 10 years ago this Fall, and the thoughtful and emotion-wrenching lead single “After Tonight” became one of my go-to songs for not only the next year but forever more, it has endured so very well. Flash forward and we’re now at the start of a fourth album release for Justin. He’s chosen to release it in EP parts instead of all at once, so the first three-song offering is called “High Tide”. It’s a gracious blend of folk and pop and rock like no one else is making. Inspired greatly by love and nature, you can feel the gentle power particularly in “No Place In Mind”, which reminds me a lot of songs from Justin’s 2010 album You I Wind Land & Sea. Opener “All I Need” is satisfying and slicker pop, and could be a nice slice of ear candy for pop/adult/alternative radio. “Hourglass” takes some kind early advice from parents to reflect on and use as empowering self-realization. High Tide is a true pleasure to hear, with a lot to say crammed into the thoughts of three songs. You can check out the entire EP at the Spotify link below, but be sure to pick it up at your favourite digital store too.